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History of Madison
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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James G. Shriver.

James G. Shriver is engaged in the real-estate business in Winterset.  He is energetic, capable and determined and these qualities have contributed to his increasing success.  He opened his present office in 1906 and in the intervening period to the present has negotiated many important realty transfers.

Winterset numbers Mr. Shriver among her native sons.  He was born July 9, 1881, his parents being Captain William R. and Martha (Foster) Shriver, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Indiana.  The father was reared in the Buckeye state, pursued his education in the public schools there and in the year 1854 arrived in Madison county, Iowa, where he engaged in wagon making for many years.  At the time of the Civil war he put aside all business and personal considerations and responded to the country's call for troops, becoming a captain of the First Iowa Cavalry.  He was at the front for three years and made an excellent record by reason of his valor and loyalty, inspiring his men to deeds of bravery by reason of his own fearlessness.  When the war was over Mr. Shriver followed his trade for a time and then turned his attention to farming.  He was called to the office of county clerk by popular suffrage and for two terms filled that position in a capable manner.  He also served as postmaster of Winterset under President Benjamin Harrison.  In 1890 he retired from business and went to California for the benefit of his wife's health.  He remained for two years on the Pacific coast and then returned to Iowa.  In 1900 he once more went to California, locating in Los Angeles, where he is now making his home at the age of more than eighty-three years.  He is still remarkably preserved for one of that age, retaining his physical and mental faculties to an unusual degree.  He belongs to Pitzer Post, No. 55, G. A. R., of Winterset, and is a very active Mason, holding membership in both the lodge and Royal Arch chapter.  His political allegiance has long been given to the republican party, which has ever found in him a stalwart advocate.  His wife was a native of Indiana and in her girlhood days was brought by her parents to Iowa.  She passed away in August, 1890, at the age of fifty-eight years, dying in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which she had long been a consistent member.  In their family were seven children:  William F.;  Warren, deceased;  Kate, who became the wife of Arthur Goshorn and died in 1911;  Hattie, who has departed this life;  Alvin B., who is engaged in the real-estate business at Los Angeles, California;  Frank I., deceased;  and James G.

The last named was reared in Winterset and is indebted to the public-school system for the educational privileges which he enjoyed.  When twenty-one years of age he began working in real-estate offices and thoroughly acquainted himself with the business, having wide experience and accurate knowledge when in 1906 he embarked in the real-estate business on his own account.  He has since handled city and farm property and has secured a good clientage.  He became one of the organizers of the Security Loan & Title Company and is now its vice president.  This is one of the strong concerns of the kind in the county and the business is growing year by year.

On the 22d of May, 1906, Mr. Shriver was united in marriage to Miss Edith Eastman, a native of Winterset, and they have one son, John E., who is seven years of age.  Mrs. Shriver is a member of the Presbyterian church.  Mr. Shriver has membership in the Masonic order, being affiliated with the lodge, chapter, commandery and Mystic Shrine.  He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party but is not an office seeker.  His entire attention has been given to his business interests and his close application, his thorough study and his unfaltering enterprise have been the salient factors in his growing success.



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